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Africa asks: ‘If Burkina can do it, why can’t we?’

Africa asks: ‘If Burkina can do it, why can’t we?’

News that Burkina Faso’s long-serving leader Blaise Compaore had been pushed out of power prompted an explosion of comment from across Africa Friday, with many citizens asking, “If they can do it, why can’t we?” As images of tens of thousands jubilant Burkinabe were seen from Harare to Banjul, Twitter and other social media sites saw citizens pointing the finger at their own long-serving leaders. “Let this be a warning to all African leaders who wish to … Read entire article »

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They Lied Until He Died: Zambia Acknowledges President’s Illness Just Before His Death

They Lied Until He Died: Zambia Acknowledges President’s Illness Just Before His Death

By Gershom Ndhlovu* Left in the dark about their leader’s illness, Zambians were angry more than shocked to learn this week that the country’s fifth president, Michael Sata, fondly known as King Cobra, died in London on October 28. The government only recently acknowledged that the president was sick, waiting until October 20, four days before Zambia’s 50th Independence Day, when Sata needed … Read entire article »

Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees

Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees

By Romaric Ollo Hien* Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) (AFP) – The second in command of Burkina Faso’s presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said on Saturday he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Zida declared a rival claim by army chief Navere Honore Traore was “obsolete” in a televised speech. The tussle for power comes after an extraordinary … Read entire article »

Burkina Faso’s Blaise Campaore says his last word

Burkina Faso’s Blaise Campaore says his last word

Blaise Campaore’s 27 year rule was brought to an eventful end after unrelenting demonstrations against a bid to extend his reign as president of Burkina Faso. But the country’s long road to democratic rule has only just begun. A chaotic melee of violent demonstrations, against an attempt by President Blaise Campoare to tweak that country’s constitution and seek a fifth presidential … Read entire article »

Femi Otedola: The billionaire who bounced back!

Femi Otedola: The billionaire who bounced back!

“YOU CAN LOSE IT ALL TOMORROW” Femi Otedola lost billions as his shares plunged but now he’s back with a vengeance. He returns to the FORBES rich list – to be published in November – stronger and wiser. By Abisola Owolawi and Tolu Ogunlesi* London could be Nigeria’s 37th state. From the underground to the finest hotels, you can hear an army of … Read entire article »

South Africa: We need a person who will arrest Jacob Zuma – Julius Malema

South Africa: We need a person who will arrest Jacob Zuma – Julius Malema

By Crystal Oderson in Cape Town* To judge by the reaction of the ruling African National Congress, the militant tactics of Julius Malema and the EFF are hitting their targets. In this exclusive interview, Malema explains why he is pressing President Jacob Zuma to repay state funds spent on his Nkandla homestead. The old adage runs that revolutions eat their children – … Read entire article »

Africa asks: ‘If Burkina can do it, why can’t we?’

Africa asks: ‘If Burkina can do it, why can’t we?’

News that Burkina Faso’s long-serving leader Blaise Compaore had been pushed out of power prompted an explosion of comment from across Africa Friday, with many citizens asking, “If they can do it, why can’t we?” As images of tens of thousands jubilant Burkinabe were seen from Harare to Banjul, Twitter and other social media sites saw citizens pointing the finger at … Read entire article »

Tanzania: on track for target economic growth

Tanzania: on track for target economic growth

The International Monetary Fund said today that Tanzania is on track to reach its target for economic growth of about 7 percent this year, but warned the government to keep its public debt in check. Tanzania has stepped up domestic and external borrowing to finance infrastructure projects and plans to issue a debut Eurobond that could be worth up to $1bn … Read entire article »

Mozambique: Asian buyers line up to import natural gas

Mozambique: Asian buyers line up to import natural gas

Countries across Asia are quietly reaching deals to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique, which could transform its economy and give it a front-row seat in tapping rising global gas demand.   The unannounced agreements, five in total, show how war-scarred Mozambique is elbowing past rivals from the United States to Australia by offering flexible contract terms on 20-year deals. U.S. oil … Read entire article »

Why African leaders should seek treatment at home, and serve more than 8 years – predicting presidential demise

Why African leaders should seek treatment at home, and serve more than 8 years – predicting presidential demise

By CHRISTINE MUNGAI* THERE has been a wave of presidential demises in Africa over the past few years; since 2008, eleven African leaders have died in office, including this week’s death of Zambian president Michael Sata. 2012 was the worst, with four sitting African leaders dying in that year alone. By contrast, in that same time frame, just five heads of state or government have died … Read entire article »